Global Warming Today: Coffee, Floods, And Ice Cap

One of the bright sides of the anthropogenic global warming hysteria is the amusing stories that they just keep coming up with. To start out, from Newsweek, Global Warming Is a Cause of This Year’s Extreme Weather

The frequency of downpours and heat waves, as well as the power of hurricanes, has increased so dramatically that “100-year storms” are striking some areas once every 15 years, and other once rare events keep returning like a bad penny. As a result, some climatologists now say global warming is to blame. Rising temperatures boost the probability of extreme weather, says Tom Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center and lead author of a new report from the Bush administration’s Climate Change Science Program; that can “lead to the type of events we are seeing in the Midwest.” There, three weeks of downpours have caused rivers to treat their banks as no more than mild suggestions. Think of it this way: if once we experienced one Noachian downpour every 20 years, and now we suffer five, four are likely man-made.

That would be known as “anecdotal evidence.” Also, just plain goofy. Interestingly, I don’t remember every media outlet screaming that the horrendous floods in 1993 were caused by global warming. Not even the Goracle tried to link them.

Could it be climate change? Well, sure. The climate changes. Always has, always will. I do not doubt we have been in a warming period. But, of course, the climahysterics mean man is at fault. I wonder if they have given up their cars and changed their lifestyles to match their rhetoric. No? Goodness!

Global warming is affecting the way coffee is grown around the world. These effects may have a lasting impact on one of the world’s favorite beverages.

In recent decades everyone is talking about climate change. The past ten years specifically have brought on large changes in our climates due to global warming. One area where the effects of global warming can clearly be seen is with coffee production.

Global warming has been a sticky point for scientists for years. Some argue that the changes to our world’s climate are natural, but most have conceded that it is us responsible for recent changes. The past 10 years has seen some of the highest temperatures on record, and droughts are becoming increasingly common in Central America, and Africa.

The past ten years have seen a stable climate. The rising temps peaked around 1999, and have lately been seen to be going down. Interesting. Interestingly, the majority of the record high temps for Raleigh, NC, occurred in the late 1950’s, when we were in a cooler period. The record high of 102 for July 30 occurred in 1959. Weird.

While some remain critical that global warming is occurring at all, the melting of the North Pole represents a sharp indicator against voices of doubt.  Now scientists are predicting that a major milestone will be reached this summer or next — the disappearance of the North Pole’s ice cover during the Arctic Summer.

Dire. Dire. Dire. But, wait a moment

Arctic sea ice extent for May stood at 13.18 million square kilometers (5.09 million square miles), which is 0.28 million square kilometers (0.11 million square miles) greater than May 2007, but is still 0.42 million square kilometers (0.16 million square miles) less than the 1979 to 2000 average for the month.

 Again, I will not argue that there hasn’t been warming. It happens. But, it is interesting to note that there is more ice this year at this time then last year, yet the gloom and doomers are claiming that there will be no ice in the arctic this year or next during the summer. Will they say they were wrong when it does not come to pass?

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4 Responses to “Global Warming Today: Coffee, Floods, And Ice Cap”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Teach if the North Pole is ice free in September ( the first time ever recorded) will you say trhat you have drastically misjudged the extent of climate change ?

  2. manbearpig says:

    The key words there are “recorded history”. I need to know how long we have been recording the level ice at the poles. If it has been for say the last 100-150 years, then 150 out of 4.5 billion isn’t a very good sampling statistically is it?

  3. John Ryan says:

    Teach it is the RATE of change that is most alarming. There has never been a climate change that has happened so quickly. But at least you do now seem to realize that the climate is changing. I am not sure how “interesting” the fact of “more” ice is. Remember that 2007 was the 2nd warmest year ever recorded well above any long term measurements.

  4. John, if the North Pole is free from ice this or next year, I will even say that Man is the major cause.

    You know I have never disagreed that warming has happened, only that Man is not the primary cause. And how do we know there has never been a change so quick? As manbearpig points out, records are really not that good going back.

    And, actually, between 1919 and 1939, the temps shot up .7c, while between 1980 and 2000, it went up around .5C.

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